Gender balance in Australian pharmacy organisations: Are we there yet?

Thao Linh Pham, Gregory M Peterson, Alicia Martin, Mark Naunton

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Abstract

INTRODUCTION: In the dynamic landscape of healthcare, pharmacists play a critical role in ensuring the well-being of communities, and having solid professional organisations to support pharmacists is essential in crucial activities, including continuing education, advocacy and establishing service standards. Eight pharmacy organisations play vital roles in representing pharmacists in various sectors and collectively contribute to developing, regulating, and promoting the pharmacy profession in Australia. However, a notable lack of female representation in these organisations' leadership roles has led to an increased focus on gender balance and equity.

OBJECTIVE: To determine if the gender distribution in pharmacy leadership aligns with the pharmacy workforce in Australia (64% women) and how it has changed in the five years since our last study on the issue.

SETTING: Australia.

METHOD: Eight key Australian pharmacy organisations were identified. The website for each organisation was accessed, and data were recorded for their 2023 boards/committees/councils based on annual reports. Data recorded include name, number of males, number of females, and the gender of the president/chair of each board/committee/council.

RESULTS: Data were obtained for 340 separate professional committee members from the eight organisations (including state/territory branches) in 2023. Gender balance in pharmacy organisations has increased significantly since 2018, with women's representation in leadership positions now at 58% (47% 2018).

CONCLUSION: Gender equity within Australian pharmacy professional organisations has significantly progressed.

Original languageEnglish
Article number100442
Pages (from-to)1-4
Number of pages4
JournalExploratory Research in Clinical and Social Pharmacy
Volume14
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - Apr 2024

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